UN global sustainable development goals

Mapping the research to UN's Sustainable Development Goals

​Information and Communication technology (ICT) is a critical enabler to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We have identified four goals where Chalmers ICT research can bring relevant contributions to sustainable development.

Along with digitalisation that rapidly conquers virtually everything in the modern society we are witnessing many disruptions, and anticipate changes that can fundamentally transform the society. In this process, Area of Advance ICT is aiming to contribute to enhancement and sustainability, by creating new technologies, methods, and processes that targets the goals, and at the same time ensuring that new technologies do not compromise sustainability of the society.

ICT contributes directly or indirectly to all the UN sustainability goals. These are designed from a holistic perspective and it is necessary to analyse the effects of research not only on individual goals but on all, as they affect each other and developments in one area may potentially act counterproductively within another. Nevertheless, we here present a selection of research that directly addresses the following four goals:


Goal 3: Good Health & Well Being
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages by applying technologies and ICT-based tools such as e-health, technologies for fast diagnosis, improved treatment and monitoring of disease, as well as traffic-safety.
  • Chalmers research on e-health, pre-hospital acute care, combining biomedical engineering, telecommunications and IT.
  • Pioneering research on natural control of artificial limbs and treatment of phantom pain.
  • Research at the forefront of traffic safety applications.
  • Secure and robust ICT for critical applications in the health system.
  • Making medical treatment less invasive and more effective.
  • Using big data and machine intelligence to achieve more knowledge in healthcare.

Goal 7: Affordable & Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by optimising the use of energy and developing ICT technologies with low energy consumption.
  • Digitalising the electricity networks to secure and optimise operations. Smart grids handling renewable generation, energy storage and demand less resources.
  • Front end ICT research on energy storage and distributed systems.
  • Combatting the ICT sectors large environmental impact by advancing energy efficient systems, networks and electronics.

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
ICT is a key infrastructure for development and progress. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation by access to information, connectivity and digitalisation of society and industry.
  • Improving wired and wireless communication, and communication infrastructures.
  • Sensor technology and Internet of Things to improve industrial productivity and infrastructure, smart water and energy grids, advanced traffic management systems.
  • Increased knowledge and availability in data science to promote management and innovation.
  • Close collaboration with society and industry to promote innovation and sustainable development.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by optimising processes and communication infrastructures using new ICT technologies, such monitoring air and water quality using sensors, devices, and Internet of Things, and their integration in common infrastructure.
  • Our sustainable cities and communities benefit from research on communications, networks, data storage, automation, sensor technology, machine intelligence.
  • Research on security, safety, integrity is crucial for both cities, systems and individuals.
  • Simulation and visualisation aid planning for creating inclusive and sustainable cities, buildings, infrastructure and logistics.
  • Real-time data monitoring and data intelligence for disaster prevention.

Published: Wed 27 Dec 2017.